Hope Tax Reform Isn’t Like Reagan’s Trickle Down

Tax reform is great if it actually lowers taxes for the little people, not just rich people and big business. I remember President Reagan’s republican tax overhaul, promising relief for everyone. They said little people would prosper as the tax relief trickles down to the average person struggling to make a living. It didn’t nickel down. Hopefully, the republicans really mean it this time.

Women Coming Out is Good, But Be Careful

People in power can no longer depend on their positions to protect them when they make unwanted sexual advances on others. Several women are now breaking the taboo by speaking out when they have become victims. Hopefully all those big shots who have become corrupted by their power will now think twice before they stoop so low as to sexually harass another human being.

But let’s hope every single one of those women are telling the truth. I’m sure most of them are. Hopefully they all are. If not, they need to consider the fact that they could ruin a person’s life if they lie just to get even over another type of disagreement, or because they have different political views, or to get their fifteen minutes of fame.

Again, hopefully all are telling the truth. And all those big shots who can’t keep it zipped need to learn how to do just that.

Watch Cars and Exits to Stay Safe

Never thought it would come to this. When walking in the vicinity of cars, keep your radar up. Don’t assume that driver who is motioning for you to walk past the front of his car while he waits for you to cross is on the up and up. We can’t go live in caves. We still have to cross streets where cars are passing by. Just use your senses make decisions based on what you see and feel. If it doesn’t feel right to cross in front of a stopped car with a driver who is motioning for you to cross, then don’t do it. If you do cross, be alert in case the driver suddenly lurches forward.

After the attack today in a church in South Texas, always know where the exits are whenever you enter a building, any kind of building. If you go to an upper floor, make sure you know where those exits are, too. Go about your business, but know the exits so you’ll be prepared to make a quick getaway if necessary. Be aware and stay safe.

Republicans Want to Gyp Seniors Out of Medicare and Social Security

Those republican fat cats want to cut your Social Security and Medicare benefits. Never mind that many seniors are just getting by as it is now. I can’t understand how elected officials can be so calloused. The kind of reductions they propose will plunge many seniors into poverty. Some won’t get the health care they need. Should that be our reward for a life of working hard and paying taxes? Most of those republicans who propose these draconian cuts are rich. They won’t be affected. It reminds me of an old movie where the insurance company is going to have pay double indemnity. It looks like an accidental death to the law. But Edward G. Robinson, the insurance investigator who knows its murder says, “The police are satisfied, it’s not their dough.”

No matter your age, google AARP if you aren’t already a member to find out how you can help protect your benefits that you are paying into–or are now rightfully collecting from.

Former Presidents Political Posturing Diminishes Us All

Obama and George W. publicly said in so many words that our leaders should unify not divide. I wholeheartedly agree. But while they didn’t mention President Trump by name, they obviously were talking about him. Make no mistake about it, their speeches were political. Don’t think so? Then consider two questions. If Hillary were president and spoke and acted in a divisive manner, would Obama still have made that speech? If Jeb Bush were president and spoke or acted divisively, would older brother have made his speech? While former President Bush’s words rang true, I believe his family has another motive: First George H. W. served as president, then George W. took his turn. They viewed Jeb as the heir apparent and are still sore because a man with no political experience named Donald Trump came along and ripped the presidential rug right out from under him. Yep. You can bet your bottom dollar that George W. would have remained silent if Little Brother, as president, spent too much time shooting from the hip.

Trump Determined To Kick Out Poor People

President Trump seems determined to cast the lower class aside.  How are they going to afford their health insurance under Obama Care without government subsidies? Many of those people work hard for what little money they earn. What job they have is the best they can get. Without assistance they can kiss their chance at health care coverage goodbye. As fellow humans, they are just important as Trump–even without all those billions. A person with heart disease or diabetes shouldn’t be told in so many words to get sick and die just because they don’t have the money.

The republican party already has a reputation among many for caring only for the rich and powerful. As a billionaire, Trump’s exclusion of the little people from health care only helps to solidify that reputation. And I’m saying all of this even though I voted for Trump.

Bust Off the Bump Stocks, Not Your Right to Own a Gun

It is so hard to understand why anyone who doesn’t want to kill people needs a bump stock so they can turn their firearms into automatic weapons. I also can’t accept the idea that anyone needs a magazine that holds 60 bullets. While viewing a clip of the shooting in Las Vegas, I could hear how long the continuos shots were between each reloading, which caused more injury and death to innocent people who were doing nothing but attending a concert. Yes, it’s true that bad guys don’t obey gun laws. But if it becomes illegal to manufacture bump stocks and huge magazines, then there will be fewer of them for the bad guys to get their hands on.

These new laws would have nothing to do with taking your second amendment right to own a gun away from you. If we follow the logic of those people who don’t want restrictions on certain types of firepower that hunters say are unnecessary, then where does it stop? After everyone has their own army tank and all the weaponry the military uses, and I mean all? How long would the human race last then? Probably about five minutes. Please. For the sake of our future, let’s use a little common sense and have adequate control over these weapons before more innocent people are killed.

Finally, A leader Acts Like A Leader

Two high school football players, along with the rest of their team, were told before a game to refrain from “taking a knee,” during the national anthem. They did it anyway. I’m glad their coach, a marine who served his country, had the guts to kick them off the team. High school football is a privilege not a right. Many people who want to play don’t get to play. They have to try out and make the team first. Those two boys have a right to their opinion, but the coach makes the rules–not them. I hope they have now learned the hard way that they don’t always get to do whatever they want. Privileges carry responsibilities with them. People have to follow the rules of the organizations their membership demands–whether they like it or not. It’s too bad the parents of at least one of the boys made excuses for them instead of backing the coach. That will make it harder for them to learn an important life lesson that breeds success. Hats off to that coach with the guts to lead.

Spending Money on Names Instead of Pot Holes

We’re spending a lot of money on the removal of Confederate statues and the renaming of schools and streets. Uh oh! I must be racist because I showed respect for the Confederacy by using a capitol letter. Opps, I just did it again. Can you see the lunacy? How far will be go to be politically correct at the expense of unattended needs? Someone on Facebook got it right. They asked why we don’t fix the potholes on certain roads first before spending all that money to rename them. I once flattened two tires at the same time when I hit a pothole that bent the steel wheels and let the air out of both tires on a country road at midnight. Texas joined the Confederacy during the Civil War. While I’m a native Texan who is certainly glad the North won that war and ended slavery, I wouldn’t have felt any better while stranded on that dark, deserted road several miles from home if they had spent tax money to change the name of that road from a Confederate figure in history to something else. I still would have been stranded with only one spare tire. And this was back in the 1970s before cell phones.

Maybe We Should Make “Gone With The Wind” Illegal

The statue of Robert E. Lee in Dallas, Texas is now gone. Dallas is also going to rename some of their public schools that currently are named after Confederate Civil War figures.

If we’re attempting to erase that part of our history that isn’t pretty, then how far will we go? Why not make it illegal to own a copy Gone With The Wind? It should also be illegal to own any history books that mention the Civil War. Do away with all history class in every school across the land. We should eliminate the Civil War reenactments and all museums that display Civil War artifacts. Never mind all the people employed in these industries that will be thrown out of work. Never mind that washing away all history that isn’t peaches and cream means we will be ignorant of our past–and more prone repeat that history we have blissfully become ignorant of.